Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lil Wayne Issues Apology to Emmett Till’s Family


All my African-American history buffs should be pleased by Lil Wayne stepping up and issuing a apology to the Till family. Emmett Till was a slained Chicago teenager, who was murdered in the 1950's behind racial tension. Lil Wayne has been under extreme fire from the Till family since he dropped a verse on Future's "Karate Chop" track in Febuarary. The exact lyric from Weezy stated "Beat the p---y up like Emmett Till." The Till family felt like the lyric was highly offenssive and disrespectful and warned Lil Wayne that they would take the matter to the furthest extent. The Till familiy's serious take on the matter, prompted Lil Wayne to issue the following apology.

Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists. It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys. Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue. I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.
Best,

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

1 comment:

  1. Um...that's is not how "February" is spelled. You really should use spell check or at leaat proof read your work.

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